Friday, January 27, 2017

Friday Freebie: We Love You, Charlie Freeman by Kaitlyn Greenidge

Congratulations to Tisa Houck, winner of last week’s Friday Freebie: Guapa by Saleem Haddad and The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen.

This week’s contest is for We Love You, Charlie Freeman by Kaitlyn Greenidge, now out in paperback. The Huffington Post called the novel “a rich examination of America’s treatment of race, and the ways we attempt to discuss and confront it today.” Keep reading for more information about the book...

The Freeman family—Charles, Laurel, and their daughters, teenage Charlotte and nine-year-old Callie—have been invited to the Toneybee Institute to participate in a research experiment. They will live in an apartment on campus with Charlie, a young chimp abandoned by his mother. The Freemans were selected because they know sign language; they are supposed to teach it to Charlie and welcome him as a member of their family. But when Charlotte discovers the truth about the institute’s history of questionable studies, the secrets of the past invade the present in devious ways. The power of this shattering novel resides in Greenidge’s undeniable storytelling talents. What appears to be a story of mothers and daughters, of sisterhood put to the test, of adolescent love and grown-up misconduct, and of history’s long reach, becomes a provocative and compelling exploration of America’s failure to find a language to talk about race.

If you’d like a chance at winning We Love You, Charlie Freeman, simply email your name and mailing address to

Put FRIDAY FREEBIE in the e-mail subject line. Please include your mailing address in the body of the e-mail. One entry per person, please. Despite its name, the Friday Freebie remains open to entries until midnight on Feb. 2, at which time I’ll draw the winning name. I’ll announce the lucky reader on Feb. 3. If you’d like to join the mailing list for the once-a-week newsletter, simply add the words “Sign me up for the newsletter” in the body of your email. Your email address and other personal information will never be sold or given to a third party (except in those instances where the publisher requires a mailing address for sending Friday Freebie winners copies of the book).

Want to double your odds of winning? Get an extra entry in the contest by posting a link to this webpage on your blog, your Facebook wall or by tweeting it on Twitter. Once you’ve done any of those things, send me an additional e-mail saying “I’ve shared” and I’ll put your name in the hat twice.

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